September 21- The whole De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) community celebrated the International Day of Peace 2017 with the theme “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”.
Considered the Regional Center for Peace Education, DLSL continues its tradition of inculcating peace as a way of life to its students and partners. This is despite the hustle and bustle of daily life – that there is still a time to bring forth peace in various levels.
The day began with the Peace Walk along DLSL grounds – joined by over 700 students and partners – who then headed to the Oval for the Human Peace Formation. Enthusiastically cheering with their white flaglets, the participants formed the traditional peace sign, followed by a Mass for Peace with the mass celebrant Fr. Eugene Hechanova.
Other symbolic activities transpired afterwards – from the Peace Bell Ringing, Peace Pole Offering, Releasing of Peace Doves, and One Day One Dance. The morning was capped off by a Peace Concert by the Groove Band and the Musikalista. By 12 noon, the entire DLSL community joined the One Minute of Silence, a simple global act showing that personal and planetary peace are one. In the afternoon, a talk on the peace process, specifically on self-transformation by Ms. Rekha Nahar, President of the Theosophical Order of Service Philippines, took place.
The Integrated School (IS) and College departments likewise held several class and organizational activities throughout the week-long celebration. These include the following: Achieving Nation Peace Debate, Biggest Peace Crane, Peace Poster Making Contest, Letters of Peace Writing Activity, Rosary for Peace Crusade, as well as other interactive activities.
This year’s activity was chaired by Dr. Iezyl Torino, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research, under the supervision of the Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research, Dr. Alice Botardo.